False Assumptions

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
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Hooray! I had successfully made a pot of delicious homemade cream of tomato soup! Successfully making cream of tomato soup is not always easy, given the tendency of milk to curdle when it is combined with acidic tomatoes. I enjoyed a hot mug of my tomato soup for lunch, and then carefully put the leftovers in the refrigerator, looking forward to enjoying it again another day.

A day or two later, looking forward to a quick breakfast, I opened the refrigerator door and pulled out what I thought was a container of luscious pink berry smoothie. Pouring the smoothie into a glass, I took a sip and nearly spat it out! Instead of the sweet-tart treat that I was anticipating, my drink was salty and tangy! Assuming that my smoothie had soured, I walked over to the sink and began pouring it down the drain. It was only then that I saw the bits of tomato in my drink. It was my delicious cream of tomato soup, not my fruit smoothie that was going down the drain! Oops! Too late!

My brain had tricked my taste buds. I expected the pinkish concoction to be a sweet smoothie, so I totally missed the reality of creamy tomato soup in my glass. This was an honest, innocent misinterpretation. The mistake reminded me of the many times when I have misjudged others, sometimes honestly misinterpreting their actions and motives. Using my own faulty reflection as my guide, I sometimes wrongly see transgressions in others. I have sometimes been chagrined to learn later that I had badly misjudged someone. Had I taken time to get my facts straight first, I wouldn't have jumped to a false conclusion.

Relationships with others can often be tricky. We know that God is willing to forgive us for even our gravest transgressions — over and over and over again. Yet, we too often withhold forgiveness from others because we see them through our own faulty self-lens. Perhaps, God's full and free forgiveness is intended to have two purposes. First, He forgives us because we so desperately need it. But secondly, His forgiveness serves as a model for us in showing the way to forgive others. Knowing the price that Jesus paid on the cross in order to grant our forgiveness, how dare we withhold forgiveness from others?

Ephesians 4:32 – You must be kind to each other. Think of the other person. Forgive other people just as God forgave you because of Christ's death on the cross. (NLV)

Who have you misjudged? Who do you need to forgive?

Prayer: Dear Father, You have so graciously forgiven us because Jesus died to pay the price of our sin. Please give us discerning hearts so that we can rightly see others. May we withhold judgment, knowing that You see all hearts and that You are the ultimate and perfect Judge. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks, Gail. I identify with this!

    Indeed, Gail. Thanks for sharing.

    Amen, Gail! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


    Gail, we thank you most sincerely for a wonderful, much-needed topic today.

    Beautiful (and Tasty too!), Gail. Thanks for a delightful, inspired sharing of experience, hope and strength today.

    Cream of tomato soup, yum!
    Great message and reminder.

    Thanks Gail, refreshing devotion, we do judge others too quickly at times, a reminder to us to not do so. Do take care and enjoy the day. Blessings.

    Dear Gail,
    Thank you for this devotional with its “be on guard” information. It is so easy to make the wrong assumptions. Blessings to your writing.

    Good advice in your devotional writing this morning Gail. Yes, it is so easy to make a wrong judgement against someone’s actions and we need take time to understand the situation they may have been facing and be open to forgiving them. Blessings for these writings you prepare.

    Hi Gail
    Thanks for this. Who have I misjudged? 30 years ago (yikes!), I became quite upset with my older brother’s wife for their divorce. Years later, I discovered it was more my brother’s fault!!! I have been slow to judge others ever since! It was a great life lesson for me!

    Good morning, Gail,
    I was sorry that you didn’t get to enjoy your next bowl of cream of tomato soup. It was a great way to explain about judgment. It is so hard to overcome that innate reaction to judge without all the facts or even to judge because it is not our responsibility. Only our behaviour is our responsibility. I have been working on this for years and years and as soon as I think I might be getting a little better, I prove myself wrong.
    I am sure all my prayers are heard by God, but I still struggle with this each and every day. Thanks for the great reminder. Maybe it will help me in some way to improve this bad habit.
    Wishing you a great day full of many good surprises. Blessings.

    Hi Gail
    This is a wonderful devotion! One that is very hard to delete. Thank you and bless you.

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